Ann Frances Brado

September 13, 1931 ‒ May 30, 2020

Copley, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio


COPLEY: Nothing can be done without hope and confidence, for it is optimism that fosters the faith that leads to achievement. Ann Frances Brado personified optimism. She was encouraging, energetic, and tenacious. For Ann, life was not always a matter of holding good cards – but sometimes playing a poor hand well.

Remembered for her upbeat personality and constant smile, Ann Brado passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Concordia at Sumner in Copley. She was 88.

Born September 13, 1931 in Footedale, PA to John and Mary (Zelinski) Fronczek, she was graduated from German Township (PA) High School, and always loved her Western Pennsylvania roots and Polish heritage.

After a short time working with the American Cancer Society, she volunteered a year in Eastern Elementary School, a position that led to a 32-year career with Lexington Local Schools. Ann worked in the Elementary, and High School buildings before moving to the Superintendent’s office. She dearly loved the kids and her work at the schools. Throughout her public years with the district, Ann demonstrated grace and dignity – she was a class act.

She had been active with Lexington Mother’s Club, and the Band and Athletic Boosters for many years. Ann enjoyed playing Mahjong with friends and clogging. A prankster, her sense of humor dished out the jokes – all good-natured.

A huge sports fan, Ann followed the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as college football and basketball. Her interests included high school sports, Indy cars and even ice skating.

She was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Copley, and a former charter member of Resurrection Parish in Lexington where she had been very active for nearly 50 years.

She leaves a legacy of love to her family – framed with her smile and laughter –  Ann’s every concern was for others, never herself.

She is survived by sons David (Marissa) Brado of Nashville, TN, and Dan Brado of Uniontown, OH; brother Bernard (Luann) Fronczek of Uniontown, PA, sister Frances (Paul) Miller of Mt. Pleasant, PA; sister-in-law Helen (James) Rahall of Willard; numerous nieces and nephews; and her grandkitty Merlin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward R. Brado on December 29, 2011. Also deceased are her sister Mary (Stanley) Franczyk, and brothers-in-law Steve (Ruth) Brado and Frank, Jr. (Charlotte) Brado.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1676 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Copley, celebrated by the Rev. Father Chris Weber. Her family will receive guests at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the Mass. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

Contributions in her memory may be made to American Diabetes Association or One of a Kind Pet Rescue, and may be sent to Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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  • I will always remember Aunt Ann. She showed het genuine love of life every day with her positive attitude, smile, and laughter. She was always there for everyone and liked to share stories about family and friends. Whenever I would visit, I could never go away hungry because she was a fantastic cook, especially the stuffed peppers with meat and rice and pineapple squares. If anyone ever needed cheered up—just go visit Aunt Ann and you have a new outlook on life.

    Love always and forever, newphew
    Jim Brado

  • Dear Dave and the Brado Family,

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Mrs. Brado. Dave I don’t know if you remember me however, I was in Troop 121 with you 47 years ago. I remember you and all Brado’s as excellent people. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

    Kindest personal regards.


    Jerry Byrne
    Puerto Plata – Dominican Republic

  • I worked for Lexington Schools as Jr. High Principal for 28 years. I meet Mrs. Brado the day I interviewed for the position. As a young man I was very nervous and Ann could not have been kinder to me and put me at ease. From that day on I had nothing but respect for Ann and only have fond memories of her greetings when I came to the Board Office. She was a wonderful, kind, lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Dave,
    Apparently, you inherited your mom’s wonderful sense of humor. What a great gift she gave you as your good-natured pranks are a source of joy to me and your other co-workers.

    Extending my deepest condolences in the passing of your mother; praying your family’s strength and comfort thru the Holy Spirit.

    Your co-worker,
    Barbara Moore

  • Dan. My heart reaches out to you at this sad time of your life. Know how much she loved you and how much we enjoyed taking care of her with you. May her memory always be a blessing to you

  • Dan and Dave,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a treasure to so may people who came to know her through her work with the schools. My parents were two who counted her as a friend. There were countless others, me included. Condolences and prayers for today. Hope for the many happy memories of your mom and dad — for the rest of your lives.


  • Our prayers are with you. Your Mom (and Dad) were always a pleasure to talk with after the games. A friend that helped heal Kylee gave me the framed verse that I wanted to pass along to you, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). May this also comfort you now.

  • Dan,
    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your mom, Ann. I had the privilege of meeting her a few years ago and she always brightened my day. I am honored to have been able to meet and care for such an amazing woman.
    I watched the beautiful video of pictures. You can see her personality shining through in those photos. She lived an amazing life. My prayers are with you.
    (Your hygienist)

  • Ann was such a good friend. We had a lot of fun times. She will be missed by so many. She was a real gem. We loved playing Mah Jongg together,going to craft shows and jewelry parties or just hanging out at home. Ann was so kind and funny. We would start laughing until tears were in our eyes. To the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dave and Danny-
    I was so saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing.
    She always saw the light hearted and funny things in any situation, even when things where not so.
    She made so many good friends and had a wonderful extended family in Pennsylvania that fueled her zest to enjoy life’s moments. Many of the photos brought back fond memories of her.